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How to Beat Afternoon Slump

Bright Light Beats Afternoon Slump

I am often a victim of the 3 p.m. slump. My brain goes fuzzy. My eyes feel tired. All I want to do is nap. Lately, I have been taking myself out for a walk at 2:30 to prevent the afternoon "drowsies." Melatonin, a hormone signal that tells the brain it is time to sleep, is not produced in bright light. So going for a 20 minute walk in the bright afternoon light will combat that sleepy feeling. Bright light has been shown to increase alertness and boost brain activity — just what I need to make it get the rest of my work done. The trick is to head outside before you feel drained. The combination of brisk walking and bright light definitely combats my energy slump. Try it and see if it helps you make it through to the end of your workday.

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nancita nancita 6 years
In my quest to drink less coffee (not really successful yet, but at least I'm thinking about it) I've found myself pleasantly surprised by how much stepping outside wakes me up.
Tashapi01 Tashapi01 6 years
Yes, I totally agree. I'm a teacher, currently living in Seoul, Korea. And I take walks around the school after lunch. Feels great. Of course, the Koreans are always fascinated to see me, but that adds comic relief to my already peaceful walks. Great time to think as well (i even made up a cool "fight song" for the school...). Walks are IN baby! Sitting in a desk all day checking facebook and email is SOOO draining.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
This would be cool except that I start work at around 2pm a lot of the time and I can't usually get a break until about 5 or so. I do try to get outside for a bit around that time to get a little sun and a nice walk though...it does help wake me up.
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
I don't think my work would let me go take a 20mn walk in the middle of the afternoon...ha.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 6 years
I always get that too right at 3! I guess I'll have to try this.
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